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Dr. Abbas Ardehali, director of the UCLA Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program, was honored by State Sen. Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) with a resolution recognizing him for lifetime achievements in medicine and significant contributions to humanity.

Dr. Molly Coye, chief innovation officer for UCLA Health, has been named an adviser to the California Health and Human Services Agency's Let's Get Healthy California program.

Dr. Sherin U. Devaskar, physician-in-chief of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Dr. Lawrence "Hy" Doyle, executive director of the Program in Medical Education (PRIME), was honored by the California Wellness Foundation as a 2012 Champion of Health Professions Diversity.

Dr. Brandon Koretz, professor of geriatric medicine, received the UCLA Academic Senate's Eby Award for the Art of Teaching.

Dr. Baxter Larmon, professor of emergency medicine and founding director of the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, received the 2012 Distinguished Service Medal from the State of California Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority.

Dr. Zhaoping Li, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA, received awards from the California Legislative Assembly, the City of Los Angeles and the California Department of Veteran Affairs for her care of veterans and work with MOVE, a national weight-management program for veterans.

Dr. Tanya Paparella, PhD '00, associate clinical professor in the Division of Child Psychiatry, co-authored More Than Hope: For Young Children on the Autism Spectrum (Quick Link Learning). 

Dr. David Ross, professor of pulmonology and medical director of the UCLA Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program, was honored by State Sen. Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) with a resolution recognizing him for lifetime achievements in medicine and significant contributions to humanity.

Dr. Nina L. Shapiro, director of pediatric ear, nose and throat, published Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child (World Scientific Publishers).

Dr. Alcino Silva, professor of neurobiology and psychi-atry, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his "pioneering research in the field of molecular and cellular cognition."

Grants

Funding agency: California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Grant amount: $20 million
Grant duration: 4 years
Principal investigator: Dr. Antoni Ribas, professor of medicine
Summary: To regenerate a cancer-fighting immune system using a patient's own blood stem cells that are modified to produce T cells that specifically recognize and kill cancer cells.

Funding agency: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Grant amount: $15.6 million
Grant duration: 5 years
Principal investigator: Dr. William H. McBride, professor of radiation oncology
Summary: To develop novel medical countermeasures to mitigate the effects of radiation exposure. 

Funding agency: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Grant amount: $11 million
Grant duration: 5 years
Principal investigator: Dr. Barbara G. Vickrey, professor and vice chair, Department of Neurology, and director, Health Services Research Program in Neurology
Summary: To conduct studies to reduce or eliminate the higher rates of stroke among low-income Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans in underserved communities in Los Angeles.

Funding agency: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Grant amount: $7.4 million
Grant duration: 5 years
Principal investigator: Dr. Robert L. Modlin, prof-essor and chief, Division of Dermatology
Summary: For translational research to develop diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies for leprosy as well as other cutaneous and infectious diseases.

In Memoriam

Dr. Leonard Apt, professor of ophthalmology emeritus, died February 1, 2013. He was 90 years old. Initially trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Apt switched to ophthalmology and was the first physician to be board-certified in both specialties. He established the first division of pediatric ophthalmology at a U.S. medical school at UCLA, and he was among the five founders of UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Apt also was a pioneering researcher whose innovations saved the eyesight of countless children, and he endowed a chair and fellowship in his field at UCLA.

 





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